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  • Everything Las Vegas Issue # 949

    Everything Las Vegas Issue # 949

    Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino's Opens Third Tower Named Gallery Tower



    Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino celebrated the grand opening of its new 495-room Gallery Tower with a rooftop ceremony on the Citrus Grand Pool Deck on Sept. 22. The first new hotel tower constructed in Downtown Las Vegas in more than a decade,

    Atop of Downtown Grand and under the shadow of the new eight-story hotel tower, representatives from the property, its parent company CIM Group, the City of Las Vegas representatives that included Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Ward 5 City Councilman Cedric Crear, Ward 1 City Councilman Brian Knudsen, City Manager Scott Adams and a small group of invited guests gathered for a brief program to celebrate the completion of the Gallery Tower’s construction, which began in January 2019.

    “Downtown Las Vegas is a celebration of life and the culmination of the good things in it,” shared Mayor Goodman. “And one of those things is the Downtown Grand, which opened its doors during my first term as mayor. It’s truly wonderful to be here with you today to celebrate the property’s expansion as well as the continued progress of our great city.” “Small enough to be intimate but luxurious enough to be a world-class resort, welcome, Gallery Tower at Downtown Grand as the newest addition to the Downtown Las Vegas skyline,” added Councilman Crear during his remarks.

    “We are thrilled to be celebrating the grand opening of our new Gallery Tower with you all today and I want to thank our many partners, including those at CIM Group, who’ve made this day possible,” shared John Culetsu, vice president and managing director of Downtown Grand. “Please join me in raising your glasses in celebration of the hard work of many, and to welcome our newest addition to Downtown Grand, the Gallery Tower.”

    Inspired by the dynamic art program that will be woven throughout the property and its guest experience, the 495-room Gallery Tower will be adorned with multiple pieces of varying scales, inside and out, from a specially curated team of independent artists, including an augmented reality in-room experience exclusive to certain rooms.

    Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino has secured its first two artists that have brought their talents to the art program featured throughout the new Gallery Tower and existing areas of the property: multimedia artist Camila Magrane and muralist Josef Kristofoletti. Contributing to the multiple pieces that will adorn the new hotel tower, including an interactive augmented reality in-room experience, the group of independent artists will help Downtown Grand lead the westward extension of Downtown Las Vegas’ art scene.

    Austin-based muralist Josef Kristofoletti lended his talents to a large and colorful mural on the exterior of a Stewart Ave.-facing mechanical building, adjacent to the Gallery Tower’s porte cochere. A recent artist-in-residence at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Kristofoletti’s murals are often inspired by and meant to address ideas about nature, technology, space and architecture. In 2018, Kristofoletti debuted a commissioned mural, “Tau Ceti,” which proudly looms as Austin’s tallest public artwork.

    The centerpiece of the Gallery Tower’s art program will be an extension of Magrane’s “Virtual Mutations” series that will utilize augmented reality to create an interactive experience exclusive to certain rooms. Entitled “Transmigrations,” a custom app created by Magrane exclusively for the Downtown Grand, guests will be able to view and interact with the augmented reality features of the artwork just outside of their hotel room window. “Transmigrations” is curated and produced by We All Scream and BUILDING 180.

    Pairing contemporary architecture with modern design and art from several mediums, the Gallery Tower will redefine the intersection of 4th and Ogden and attract visitors with a vibrant new entrance to the hotel’s casino floor. With seven guest floors providing a boutique hotel experience for the modern traveler, the Gallery Tower will add 495 new rooms to the property, bringing its total inventory to 1,124 rooms. The Gallery Tower will also offer guests a range of premier room options, including 67 studio units, 20 one-bedroom suites and three 1,500-square-feet Presidential Suites. To accommodate the additional room inventory, Downtown Grand has expanded its current fitness center footprint to offer more than 1,500-square-feet of state-of-the-art workout space.

    “After 18 months, we are thrilled to be nearing the end of development for what will be known as the Gallery Tower,” said John Culetsu, VP and Managing Director of the Downtown Grand. “Not only will we be able to welcome more guests with the addition of 495 new rooms, but our guests and visitors will experience Downtown Grand in an entirely new way through the one-of-a-kind art program that will be noticeable throughout. We look forward to enriching the guest experience with the westward expansion of Downtown Las Vegas’ renowned art scene.”

    The Downtown Grand reimagined the downtown traveler when it opened in 2013. Defined by its industrial chic aura and highlighted by open ceilings, ornate fixtures, and heavy structural elements the hotel was at the forefront of the Downtown Las Vegas resurgence along with the relocation of Zappos headquarters, the development of the Fremont East District, and Life is Beautiful Music Festival. Six years later, the property continues to serve as a central hub to both tourists and locals alike for all of Downtown Las Vegas’ events and happenings.

    Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is a unique hospitality and entertainment destination right in the heart of revitalized downtown Las Vegas. Located on 3rd Street between Ogden and Stewart, Downtown Grand encompasses an entire urban block of hotel, casino and dining amenities. With its third hotel tower under construction and set to open in 2020, the property currently features an 18-story and 25-story tower adjoined by a walking bridge elevated over 3rd Street, with 629 guest rooms and suites offering luxury accommodations that set a new standard for sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas. Downtown Grand’s casino offerings include 25,000 square feet of gaming space with the hottest slot machines, table games and a fully featured sports book powered by William Hill. Restaurants, bars and entertainment options include Freedom Beat, Furnace Bar, Art Bar, Sidebar, The Spare Room Showroom, and the award-winning Las Vegas steakhouse Triple George Grill. Partnering venues include the famous Hogs & Heifers saloon and Pizza Rock, renowned as one of the best pizza restaurants in the city. Downtown Grand features Citrus Grand Pool Deck, a rooftop pool experience with more than 35,000 square feet of entertainment and special event space, an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, semi-private cabanas, a fire pit and a grass seating area.

    I had a chance to ask Anthony Barbato, Casino Marketing Manager at Downtown Grand several questions about the new tower. Here are those questions and his answers:

    1- What features do you like most about the new tower?

    A - One of the most exciting features of the new tower will be an art installation that guests in our Virtual Pad rooms can interact with through a proprietary app on a digital tablet provided in-room. Multimedia artist Camila Magrane created a custom piece specially for Downtown Grand, as well as the app that will allow guests to control the view outside of their window by interacting with and manipulating the augmented reality features of her artwork. To our knowledge, this experience is the first of its kind for a Las Vegas hotel.

    2-What are some of the differences between the new tower and the two existing towers?

    A - Our new Gallery Tower was created with a more modern vibe that really rivals any boutique hotel experience in Las Vegas and around the world. It also connects directly to the Citrus Grand Pool Deck and the casino floor giving our guests quicker and easier access to all of the action!

    3- Was there need for the new tower based on having more occupancy or was there another reason for the new tower?

    A - Yes, the decision to add the new tower with nearly 500 rooms was based on demand. The existing two towers were generally near or at capacity on weekends, peak convention periods and city-wide special events and so with this new inventory, we’ll likely not have to turn anyone away while also being able to offer guests a fresh look and feel for the property as a whole. Additionally, to accommodate the additional room inventory, we’ve expanded the footprint of the fitness center so that it now offers more than 1,500-square-feet of state-of-the-art workout space.

    4- Are there going to be new room types in this the new tower?

    A - Yes, the Gallery Tower will offer a range of premiere options including studio-style suites, one-bedroom suites, and three multi-room penthouse suites that are 1,500-square-feet in space. The Virtual Pad rooms, which we are very excited about and think guests will love, will be available in select rooms within the studio size room footprint. Between the Virtual Pad rooms offering a custom and interactive view and the incredible views of the city offered by all other rooms, we are confident that guests will enjoy their future stays with us at Downtown Grand.

    Downtown Grand is now accepting room reservations for Gallery Tower. For more information and to book a stay at Downtown Grand, visit DowntownGrand.com.

    Virgin Hotels Las Vegas announces opening date by Eli Segall

    After mulling a delayed opening, the owners of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas plan to open for business early next year.

    Richard “Boz” Bosworth, the property’s president and chief executive, unveiled the scheduled Jan. 15 debut during a news conference at the off-Strip hotel-casino Thursday.

    Still closed for its roughly $200 million overhaul, the former Hard Rock Hotel was slated to reopen as a Virgin-branded resort this fall before the coronavirus pandemic upended daily life and shattered Southern Nevada’s tourism-dependent economy.

    Bosworth said that the public health crisis “has been really devastating to the hospitality market” and that it’s unclear when entertainment will come back and events start being rebooked. But, he said, the 1,500-plus-room resort will bring “positive energy” to Las Vegas.

    More here:
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/busine...-date-2129113/

    The Mob Museum Named Best Las Vegas Attraction by USA TODAY

    The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, ranks No. 1 in the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for Best Las Vegas Attraction. Earning the highest honor for this nationally recognized award and the most recent accolade received by the Museum, which is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

    10Best Readers' Choice Awards highlight the best of the best in contests covering categories such as destinations, food and drink, hotels and things to do. Nominees for all categories are chosen editorially by a panel of relevant experts.

    “In a city known around the globe for its extraordinary entertainment and attractions, it is truly an honor to be ranked at the top of this prestigious list,” said Jonathan Ullman, president and chief executive officer, The Mob Museum.

    The full list of the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award-winners for Best Las Vegas Attraction follows:
    1. The Mob Museum
    2. Fremont Street Experience
    3. High Roller
    4. Vegas Indoor Skydiving
    5. The Neon Museum
    6. Fountains of Bellagio
    7. Dig This Las Vegas
    8. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
    9. Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    10. Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck
    An Epic $3 Million Jackpot Has Gamblers Flocking to One Casino in Las Vegas

    The anticipation is growing at El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as tourists and locals try their luck at Mega Keno for the chance to win just over $3 million. As if the enormous jackpot wasn’t tempting enough, El Cortez is notorious for having the best gambling odds in town, making the historic Las Vegas casino a top destination right now as people compete for the big bucks!

    Certified by CDC Gaming Reports as having the loosest slots in Las Vegas, as well as the best blackjack odds and everything in between, El Cortez is a gold mine for anyone who loves a good gamble! Since reopening in June, more than a dozen people have already hit the jackpot—please see the recent winners here.

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    Construction of the New MAGIC MIKE LIVE Theater at SAHARA Las Vegas Now Underway

    Construction of the all-new Magic Mike Live Theater has begun at SAHARA Las Vegas ahead of the spring 2021 premiere of Channing Tatum’s MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegason the world-famous Strip. Sign up now for exclusive pre-sale access and be the first to know when tickets go on sale at MagicMikeLiveLasVegas.com.

    After thrilling nearly 1,500 audiences during its inaugural run, MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas is headed to The Strip where it will be the entertainment centerpiece at the newly remodeled SAHARA Las Vegas. MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas will take over a two-story space on the resort’s second floor that will be soley dedicated to the show and its guests; utilizing this blank canvas space to the fullest, the show will implement new features and technologies making it even bigger, sexier and more magical than its predecessor.

    “Since launching the show in 2017, MAGIC MIKE LIVE has gone global with productions in London, Berlin and most recently, a touring show in Australia,” said executive producer Vincent Marini. “In that time, we’ve experimented with new ideas and technologies, continually pushing boundaries to find that next level of magic. Our goal for the flagship production in Las Vegas is to create our most unique, intimate and technically advanced venue in the world. We want to provide our fans with a revamped, electrifying show that is the product of years of creative evolution and is truly worthy of its new home on the Las Vegas Strip.”

    “Construction of the custom-built Magic Mike Live Theater is part of our ongoing $150 million transformation of SAHARA Las Vegas,” said Paul Hobson, the resort’s senior vice president & general manager. “Like SAHARA, MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas creates truly unique and memorable guest experiences, which is why the show is the ideal fit to serve as the centerpiece of our entertainment lineup.”

    Inspired by the best of MAGIC MIKE LIVE productions and venues around the world, the flagship show’s new venue will be nearly 50 percent larger than its last, offering performers and guests even more room to create magic nightly, and will feature new amenities including:
    • Zip lines spanning the venue, allowing performers to traverse the room in seconds.
    • A two-story bar that innovatively doubles as a performance space throughout the show.
    • A surround sound system coupled with a state-of-the-art lighting rig that places each audience member in the center of the action.
    • A variety of seating to suit the comfort of every guest, from couches and easy chairs to standard theater seats and cabaret tables.
    • A QR code-based ordering system for lightning fast, contactless beverage service.
    Additionally, a full bar with comfortable lounge seating inspired by the Magic Mike franchise will be located adjacent to the theater’s entrance where guests can imbibe and create magic before and after the show.

    The new MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas is being created with the health and well-being of its guests, cast and crew as a top priority. “We want our patrons to know that this new production takes into account the challenges that all live shows around the world are facing relative to COVID-19,” continued Marini. “We see it as an exciting creative challenge to build a flexible production for Las Vegas that provides us with every opportunity to adjust to whatever government guidance is in place at the time we open. For each of the countries in which we have productions, we are preparing exciting, new variations specific to local guidelines. We are able to bring all of the best thinking from these venues to our flagship production in Las Vegas. We will also be instituting ticketing policies that allow our customers to purchase tickets with the absolute confidence that they will never lose the value of their ticket should their plans change or the show schedule be altered for any reason.”

    The LINQ Hotel + Experience to Reopens

    Caesars Entertainment today announced plans to resume hotel operations at The LINQ Hotel + Experience Thursday through Sunday, beginning Thursday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The gaming floor and several other amenities at the resort have been open since June 12. This announcement follows the successful reopening of Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s Las Vegas, as well as The LINQ Promenade, High Roller Observation Wheel, FLY LINQ and Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

    “With its center-Strip location, The LINQ Hotel + Experience conveniently offers many distinctive experiences for guests to enjoy including an array of restaurants, gaming, retail outlets, one-of-a-kind attractions and other amenities, all in one place,” said Senior Vice President and The LINQ Hotel + Experience General Manager Dan Walsh. “With a continued emphasis on our enhanced health and safety protocols, we also look forward to welcoming guests back to staying at our contemporary hotel.”

    The following amenities will open at The LINQ Hotel + Experience:

    Spa/Salon

    Spa at The LINQ – Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Fitness Center

    Fitness Center – Thursday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Food and Beverage

    Nook Express – Friday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The Book Fan Cave and Lounge Area (serving food from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar) – Thursday, Friday and Monday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Gaming

    O’Sheas Casino – Friday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to midnight (bar is closed)
    The Book (Betting Desk) – Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Retail

    LINQ Essentials – Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    The following amenities have updated hours of operation:

    Food and Beverage

    Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar – Thursday through Monday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Hash House A Go Go – Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Pool

    Influence, The Pool at The LINQ – Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Monday through Wednesday: Harrah’s Las Vegas and Flamingo Las Vegas hotel guests
    Thursday through Sunday: The LINQ Hotel + Experience guests only

    Retail

    LINQ Wine and Spirits – Monday through Wednesday, 2 p.m. to midnight; Thursday 2 p.m. through Monday 3 a.m. (24 hours)

    Located at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Hotel + Experience offers a variety of exclusive experiences in one distinctive destination. Additionally, guests are just steps away from The LINQ Promenade – the open-air entertainment, retail and dining district with world-class attractions such as the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, and FLY LINQ, the only zipline on the Strip. On top of all these experiences, The LINQ Hotel + Experience also has approachable, fun and modern accommodations, including stylish Deluxe Poolside Cabana Rooms and Bunk Bed Deluxe Rooms.

    With Caesars’ Vegas Getaway Sale available through Sept. 14, guests can save up to 25 percent on their next stay at The LINQ Hotel + Experience for select travel dates through July 2021. This offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer code: GAWAY20.

    The Company previously announced that it has suspended fees for paid self-parking in Las Vegas.

    The resumption of business at The LINQ Hotel + Experience follows the reopening of Caesars regional casinos and hotels across the country, in addition to the Las Vegas properties mentioned above. Caesars will open its remaining Las Vegas properties in line with customer demand, regulatory requirements and any additional health and safety considerations.

    The LINQ Hotel + Experience has implemented Caesars’ new health and safety protocols, which enhance its existing plans and practices in these areas. All Caesars properties are focused on the well-being of team members, guests and the community, and continue to work to create an environment with high standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices. Among the enhanced health and safety protocols include more frequent cleaning and sanitization. Caesars has also implemented a health screening program for all employees. Team members and guests are required to wear masks, which the Company makes available, at all Caesars properties.

    For more information on the Company’s health and safety protocols, visit: www.Caesars.com/health.

    For a comprehensive list of amenities open at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts, visit: www.caesars.com/las-vegas/open.

    Road to The Mirage in Las Vegas Renamed 'Siegfried & Roy Drive'

    Their names lit up The Mirage marquee for nearly 14 years. Now their names will lead guests into the resort forever.

    As The Mirage reopens its doors to the public today, guests will turn off the Las Vegas Strip onto Siegfried & Roy Drive when they arrive at the property. The street was officially renamed for the Masters of Illusion, who were known the world over for their record-setting performance run at the resort from 1990-2003.

    Roy Horn died earlier this year, at the age of 75, due to complications from Covid-19.

    “I’m touched by this honor and I know Roy, if he were here, would love to see our names permanently placed above The Strip,” said Siegfried. “The Mirage was our performance home for so many years and this city has always meant so much to both of us.”

    The new street name was unveiled in conjunction with the reopening of The Mirage after a five-month closure due to the global pandemic.

    MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle, said, “Siegfried & Roy helped us launch The Mirage and it is fitting their legacy helps us reopen today. Their incredible show played a tremendous role putting The Mirage on the map. Today, we put them on the Las Vegas map, forever.”

    Reopening with the resort is Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, which features more than two dozen rare and endangered big cats and dolphins.

    Days and hours of operation at all venues will vary. For a full listing of The Mirage’s available amenities, please visit mgmresorts.com. Complimentary self-parking is available for guests; valet parking is not operational at this time.

    Boyd Gaming Destinations Welcome the Fall with Multiple Ways to Win in October

    Boyd Gaming destinations will kick off the fall season with several great ways to win in October, including the Young at Heart promotion, gift giveaways and more.

    Boyd Gaming Highlighted Promotions

    Young at Heart

    In October, guests 50 years of age and over can celebrate Young at Heart Day every Tuesday from 7 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. at Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town and Cannery.

    Young at Heart Day participants can enjoy the following free offers starting at 7 a.m. each Tuesday by swiping at a promotion kiosk:
    • [*=1]One free bingo blue pack valid on the day the voucher is printed at Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town and Cannery only. [*=1]Sapphire, Emerald, Onyx and Titanium B Connected members can earn unlimited 10x point multipliers on reels and video poker on Tuesdays from 7 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. at Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town and Cannery.

    Young at Heart Hot Seat

    A total of 300 Young at Heart players will have the opportunity to win their share of $15,000 in B Reward$ every Tuesday in October during the Young at Heart Hot Seat promotion at Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town and Cannery. The weekly Young at Heart Hot Seat promotion will be held on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. A total of 50 winners playing slot games will be selected randomly every other hour to win $50 in B Reward$ at each participating property. See B Connected for complete details.

    Gift Giveaways

    B Connected players who earn 20 Tier Credits on Thursdays in October will receive a free bakeware gift during the October Gift Giveaways promotion. The promotion will be available at Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town and Cannery. The gift giveaway items include a square pan, round pan, six-cup muffin pan, cookie sheet and the option to pick a gift on Thursday, Oct. 29, while supplies last. Gifts can be redeemed at participating properties between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursdays in October. Eligible Onyx and Titanium members can enjoy early gift pick-up beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursdays in October. See B Connected for complete details.

    New Member Sign-Up Bonus

    New members who sign up to join the award-winning B Connected program in October, will get to earn $5 in B Reward$ for every $10 played on their favorite games. The New Member Sign-Up Bonus promotion will be available at Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, Cannery, California and Fremont. See B Connected for complete details.

    To learn more about Boyd Gaming’s gaming entertainment offerings, visit www.boydgaming.com

    Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Boulder Guests Win Combined Jackpots of More Than $143,000

    Seven lucky Las Vegas locals won big at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, located at 740 S. Decatur Blvd., and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, located at 4575 Boulder Hwy., taking home $143,045, collectively on Sunday, Sept. 13, Thursday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 19.

    Three guests hit jackpots while playing the Lightning Link slot machine including one winner who won $10,291; the second winner, who won $10,971; and the third Lightning Link winner, who won $10,063. Another winner won $12,159 while playing 88 Fortunes slot machine on Sunday, Sept. 13

    Billy won $71,420 while playing Charlie’s Bingo Double Progressive, hitting ball I-22 on the 34th number on Thursday, Sept. 17. The final winner of the week won an accumulative sum of $18,141 while playing the Dragon Links and Dollar Storm machines.

    Joseph won $10,000 while playing Charlie’s Bingo Coverall bonus, hitting ball B-13 on the 48th number on Saturday, Sept. 19.

    Players are invited to sign up for True Rewards, Golden Entertainment’s rewards program, to receive bonuses including increased point multipliers, prizes such as cash and free slot play, as well as eligibility in select tournaments and special events. More information is available at the True Rewards center at either location or on the websites at www.arizonacharliesdecatur.com and www.arizonacharliesboulder.com .

    Four closed Station Casinos properties might not reopen by Brian Horwath

    Four Station Casinos properties in Southern Nevada that have been closed since mid-March out of pandemic concerns might not reopen, said Frank Fertitta III, CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of Station Casinos.

    On June 4, the company reopened more than a dozen properties after nearly 80 days of closures out of coronavirus concerns. But the Palms, Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho and Fiesta Henderson remained closed.

    “We don’t know if or when we’re going to reopen any of the closed properties,” Fertitta said. “We think it’s too early to make that decision.”

    Fertitta made his comments Tuesday during a quarterly company earnings call. For the three-month period that ended June 30, Station reported net revenue of just over $108 million, down nearly 76% from the same quarter in 2019.

    More here:
    https://vegasinc.lasvegassun.com/bus...operties-open/

    Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to Reopen Oct. 8

    Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) ("Caesars" or "the Company") today announced plans to resume operations at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The hotel will accommodate weekend stays, Thursday through Sunday, while the gaming floor will be open seven days a week. This announcement follows the successful reopening of Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel + Experience, as well as The LINQ Promenade, High Roller Observation Wheel, FLY LINQ and Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

    “Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is the centerpiece of the famed Las Vegas Strip, and we are pleased to announce the reopening of the hotel for weekend stays, along with gaming, restaurants and other amenities, at this resort on Oct. 8,” said Senior Vice President and Planet Hollywood General Manager Jason Gregorec. “We look forward to welcoming guests back with a continued emphasis on our enhanced health and safety protocols.”

    The following amenities will open at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino:

    Food and Beverage
    • Gordon Ramsay Burger
    • Starbucks (located in the lobby)
    • Heart Bar
    • Extra Lounge
    • Café Hollywood
    • Earl of Sandwich
    • Chick-fil-A
    • Strip House
    Gaming
    William Hill Race & Sports Book

    Retail
    • PH 24
    • PH Need It
    • Miracle Mile Shops (has been open since June 9)
    Spa
    • Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara
    Located at the center of the Strip, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino offers 2,500 beautifully redesigned guest rooms and suites showcasing some of the best views in town, along with endless options of thrilling gaming, distinguished dining and unparalleled shopping. The property is encircled by Miracle Mile Shops, with most specialty stores and restaurants now open.

    Additionally, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will debut the newly branded William Hill Race & Sports Book on reopening day, with new customer offerings that include self-service sports betting kiosks and an expanded betting menu featuring LIVE InPlay Wagering.

    With Caesars’ Semi-Annual Sale available through Nov. 2, guests can save up to 20 percent on their next stay at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for select travel dates through August 2021. This offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer code: SEMI20.

    The Company previously announced that it has suspended fees for paid self-parking in Las Vegas.

    The resumption of business at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino follows the reopening of Caesars regional casinos and hotels across the country, in addition to the Las Vegas properties mentioned above. Caesars will open its remaining Las Vegas properties in line with customer demand, regulatory requirements and any additional health and safety considerations.

    Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has implemented Caesars’ new health and safety protocols, which enhance its existing plans and practices in these areas. All Caesars properties are focused on the well-being of team members, guests and the community, and continue to work to create an environment with high standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices. Among the enhanced health and safety protocols include more frequent cleaning and sanitization. Caesars has also implemented a health screening program for all employees. Team members and guests are required to wear masks, which the Company makes available, at all Caesars properties.

    For more information on the Company’s health and safety protocols, visit: www.Caesars.com/health.

    For a comprehensive list of amenities open at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts, visit: www.caesars.com/las-vegas/open.

    Park MGM and NoMad Return September 30 as Smoke-Free Resorts


    MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle teased that the Park MGM and NoMad could reopen by October and now that prediction comes true. Both reopen on September 30 as a fully smoke-free casino and resort.

    More here:
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/14/21...virus-pandemic

    Curtain Up: Cirque, Caesars, MGM and others react to new entertainment restrictions by Brocke Radke

    Many of the largest entertainment companies in Las Vegas are chiming in on the Gov. Steve Sisolak's lifting of certain restrictions this week and the new rules that will allow shows to return to theaters soon.

    Wynn Las Vegas, which permanently closed its 15-year-old production “Le Rêve” in August but could conceivably present concerts and comedy shows again at the 1,500-seat Encore Theater, released this statement: “The governor’s directive increasing the size of gatherings is a positive step for our city. We share in his enthusiasm to take a phased approach to ensure the long-term safety of Nevada, and are working on an in-depth plan to welcome back large groups in a safe and reliable fashion.”

    Cirque du Soleil, which produces blockbuster stage shows at Treasure Island, Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand, the Mirage and Mandalay Bay, responded with this message from Senior Vice President Eric Grilly: “We are encouraged by the next phase of the governor’s reopening plan, which includes live entertainment. At this point, we are continuing to plan for our shows to return safely to our theaters and for capacity limits to increase to a point where it is financially viable to resume performances.”

    More here:
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/oc...-harry-cowell/

    From ‘Love Island’ to ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ Caesars Entertainment keeps Las Vegas on TV by Brock Radke

    If it’s true that everyone’s watching a lot more TV while staying home during the pandemic, viewers across the country are getting plenty of Las Vegas scenery during their favorite shows.

    The second season of the U.S. version of dating competition reality series “Love Island” wraps up this week and has seen growing ratings since its premiere on CBS on August 24, according to Variety. Like its U.K. and Australian editions, the show is typically filmed at an actual island destination, with young competitors chasing romance and a big cash prize while attempting to avoid elimination from the voting public or their castmates.

    International travel restrictions and other coronavirus concerns threatened to cancel the new season until executives from ITV, producers of “Love Island,” connected with colleagues at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas, resulting in the entire production moving to the Strip to be headquartered at the Cromwell. Much of the show has been filmed at the resort’s rooftop Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub, redecorated to serve as the “Love Island” villa, and just off the Strip, the Rio has served as a secondary production site.

    More here:
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/se...as-tv-caesars/

    New MGM stay-and-play packages target bored home workers

    Catering to changing work dynamics for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, MGM Resorts International has introduced a promotion for those bored while working from home.

    Dubbed “Viva Las Office,” the effort is geared toward those working from home who might want a change of scenery.

    MGM’s Bellagio and Aria properties on the Strip are participating in the promotion. Packages start at $100.

    “We understand that working from home every day can become taxing and monotonous, and we are excited to offer a safe and curated experience that combines work and play,” said Atif Rafiq, president of commercial and growth for MGM, in a statement. “These packages are designed to offer the best of both worlds. A safe, spacious work setting while still allowing guests to enjoy the amenities and experiences Las Vegas is known for.”

    Among the three tiers of packages available, the most upscale — the “executive” — includes a stay in a Bellagio Salone Suite or a City Corner Suite in Aria, along with a $75-per-night food and beverage credit, a full-day cabana rental, and a poolside massage.

    Customers can also get discounted airfare for flights to or from Las Vegas. All packages require a three-night stay.

    https://vegasinc.lasvegassun.com/bus...-bored-home-w/

    CAESARS PALACE WELCOMES R&B STAR USHER FOR HIS 2021 RESIDENCY

    If you are an Usher fan or a lover of ‘90s R&B music, you were singing along “Nice & Slow” just now. We know it! You definitely have a reason to sing: The Grammy Award-winning R&B sensation Usher has announced a Las Vegas show residency at Caesars Palace. His residency kicks off Friday, July 16, 2021 inside The Colosseum. All shows start at 9 p.m.

    I’ve been a fan since Usher released his self-titled debut album in 1994, which included smooth jams like “Can U Get Wit It” and more upbeat singles like “Think Of You.” His 1997 sophomore album “My Way” is what really put him on the map, spawning hits like “You Make Me Wanna…” and the aforementioned track, “Nice & Slow.” You can only imagine my excitement when I heard the news.

    Other big hits in the last 20 years include “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home),” “U Got It Bad,” “U Remind Me,” “Confessions Pt. II,” “There Goes My Baby” and “Yeah!” among many, many others.

    “I have missed performing for my fans live and I am so excited to see them in Las Vegas,” Usher said. “My residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will be full of surprises and an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before.”

    More here:
    http://blog.caesars.com/las-vegas/la...s-palace-show/

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    Multi-Million Dollar Olive Garden Is Headed to the Strip by Bradley Martin



    Further proof the casual- and quick-service dining scenes will be the first to recover in Las Vegas, the eighth local expansion for Olive Garden has filed paperwork to take over a prime position on the Las Vegas Strip.

    A local punchline, following years of Las Vegas Review-Journal readers voting the ubiquitous chain the “Best Italian Restaurant” in the region, Olive Garden is headed into space 300 at the Showcase Mall, sitting above the recently launched Target store at 3767 Las Vegas Boulevard S. The site stands on the original home of the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse.

    Yet to be announced by mall owners Gindi Capital, or the restaurant brand, an estimated construction budget of $3,750,000 has already been allocated to build out the vacant, third-floor space.

    More here:
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/8/27/21...as-vegas-strip

    Virgin Hotels Reveals Its Entire Lineup of Restaurants and Bars by Susan Stappleton

    Virgin Hotels may not have a definite opening day quite yet, but it did release its final roster of restaurants opening at the resort taking over the former Hard Rock Hotel space.

    LA’s Night + Market, the Thai restaurant from chef Kris Yenbamroong, makes its Las Vegas debut. In West Hollywood, Eater LA says the modern Thai restaurant features a “strong menu of drinking food and Thai classics. The pork toro is a must-order, while everything from the khao soi to the pad thai will be some of the best one can find in the city.”

    Money, Baby!, from industry veteran and co-founder Justin Massei and Clive Collective, brings a space for watching sports, betting, interactive games, food, and cocktails set in a funky mid-century style. The indoor and outdoor patios merge with the resort’s pools.

    The resort confirms that Kassi Beach Club from LA restaurateur Nick Mathers is also one the way. The creator of Élephante in Santa Monica and LA’s Kassi Club brings a poolside European-style restaurant and ultra lounge that combines coastal Italian flavors with a Mediterranean flair.

    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/1/214...staurants-bars

    Chef Leticia Mitchell Debuts Letty’s De Leticia’s Cocina in the Arts District by Bradley Martin



    One of the most eagerly awaited debuts of the summer has arrived on Main Street, sitting under an iconic Arts District neon sign and serving a casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu from local restaurateur Leticia Mitchell.

    Letty’s De Leticia’s Cocina replaces the 1,842-square-foot former El Sombrero Cafe space at 807 S. Main Street, a location synonymous with Mexican dining since 1950.

    Opening daily at 7 a.m., chef Mitchell expanded on her Leticia’s Cocina & Cantina menu at the Santa Fe Station and created a new, counter-service restaurant inspired by her Mexico City roots.

    More here:
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/1/214...-arts-district

    Treasure Island Is Off to the Races With Its New Sportsbook Debuting on the Strip by Susan Stappleton

    Just in time for the NFL season, some college football, and a delayed Kentucky Derby, Treasure Island debuts a new sportsbook spanning 12,000 square feet.

    Golden Circle Sportsbook & Bar offers room for 750 with a massive video wall showing all the latest games and races. The space features a full bar, VIP seating, and dining options with small bites and main courses. Treasure Island filed paperwork in March that estimated construction costs alone at $3.5 million.

    Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin says the sportsbook doubled in size. The resort relocated the sportsbook into a portion of the former TI Buffet space, which closed in March.

    Those who want to eat can find a giant pretzel served with cheese sauce and honey mustard, chicken wings, nachos, salads, the Golden Circle burger, and a bison burger. Diners can pick up churros or a black and white cookie for dessert. Prices start at $12.95.

    More here:
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/2/214...reasure-island

    Primarily Prime Rib and Baja Miguel's Reopen at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

    Today, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa has reopened two fan-favorite restaurants, Primarily Prime Rib and Baja Miguel’s. Primarily Prime Rib will be debuting new menu items and will be open Thursday – Sunday from 5 – 10 p.m. Baja Miguel’s will be open Thursday – Sunday from 4 – 10 p.m. Both restaurants will be adhering to all social distancing guidelines.

    Tucked away from the casino, Primarily Prime Rib will welcome guests back with new menu items in addition to the traditional menu of flavorful options. New items include grilled crab cakes ($12.95), coconut crusted shrimp with horseradish marmalade ($13.95), fresh salmon topped with lemon and chive butter ($25.95), surf and turf, featuring a 4-ounce filet with merlot reduction and tarragon butter and three shrimp sautéed with white wine and lemon butter ($29.95) and more. Primarily Prime Rib’s selection of prime rib are specially selected, aged and slow roasted, ensuring flavor and tenderness. The most popular selection, the South Point Cut, is a 10-ounce cut for $19.95. All entrees are served with a choice of salad or soup as a starter and seasonal vegetables and baked or mashed potatoes on the side.

    Baja Miguel’s, the lively cantina, will welcome back guests with the beloved menu of south-of-the-border favorites including sizzling fajitas (starting at $14.95), enchiladas ($16.95), burritos (starting at $12.95), carnitas ($18.95), combination plates and more. A trip to Baja Miguel’s would not be complete without one of Miguel’s margaritas, a variety of margaritas are available including picante, skinny, watermelon and more for $8. Guests can also sip on a frozen margarita, available in traditional, strawberry, peach, raspberry or mango for $6.50. A wide selection of tequila specialties, beer and wine are also available.

    Guests are required to follow social distancing guidelines. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online at southpointcasino.com/dining.

    Tailgate Social, A Neighborhood Sports Bar For Las Vegans, Set To Change The Game At Palace Station This November

    Game on! Tailgate Social, Las Vegas’ most fun and sports-obsessed bar, is coming to Palace Station this November.

    A sports fan’s dream brought to you by Clique Hospitality, Tailgate Social’s more than 30 high-definition TVs and enveloping sound system gives guests an unparalleled viewing experience and makes them feel like they’re at the game with the best seat in the house.

    There is no better place to Knight Up, show off your Silver-and-Black pride or run with the Rebels.

    An all-day, neighborhood sports bar at its core, Tailgate Social features an approachable menu of mouth-watering meals and scrumptious bites, including prime steak tip skewers, a variety of authentic tacos, fresh, out-of-the-oven pizzas or made-to-order guacamole — all for off-Strip prices. A menu of so many more offerings for all tastes will be playfully served from a bus façade.

    Along with signature cocktails, Tailgate Social’s beer list is an embarrassment of riches, as it includes hard-to-find brews and domestic favorites.

    A casual and interactive space, Tailgate Social is just that: Social! Guests are encouraged to relax with friends in oversized booths, play billiards or enjoy the environment, all while taking in an MVP-worthy happy hour or food and drink specials tailored to the game days.

    “Tailgating is a rite of passage, and we tapped into that culture,” said Clique Hospitality Founder Andy Masi. “At Tailgate Social you’ll feel like you’re at the game, but with better food options, a more comfortable environment and shorter restroom lines.”

    “Palace Station has been a locals’ favorite for over forty years and now with the addition of Tailgate Social our guests will have a great new place to watch their favorite local sports teams!” said David Horn, Vice President and General Manager of Palace Station. “Tailgate Social will be a great enhancement to our food and beverage line up that will feature the best game day food and drink specials along with an atmosphere and room that makes you feel like you are tailgating at your favorite sports event.”

    They say that it’s not nice to play games, but we beg to differ.

    Score Big at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts for the Return of Football

    Poolside Plays

    Want to cheer on your favorite teams while having fun in the sun? Enjoy football experience cabanas at Influence Pool at The LINQ Hotel + Experience and GO Pool at Flamingo Las Vegas. Book your private cabana complete with your own HD TV, food and beverage packages, football swag and more.

    Tailgate To-Go

    Now you can tailgate from the comfort of your own room with the all-new “Tailgate To-Go” packages available at all open Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts. Order from your mobile device and within a short window, your football feast will be available for pick-up. Participating outlets include: Fulton Street Food Hall at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ Hotel + Casino, Burger Brasserie at Bally’s Las Vegas, JJ's Boulangerie at Paris Las Vegas, and more express options.

    Watch & Dine Like a VIP

    Looking for a more intimate experience for yourself and a small group? Check out these exclusive ways to enjoy food and drinks while you watch the games in style:
    • Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace is turning its Clubhouse room into a whiskey and cigar lover’s dream fan cave. The Clubhouse can be booked for up to five guests with access to Old Homestead food after 5 p.m. A selection of more than 135 whiskeys and scotches, a premier cigar collection and more will be available at the fan cave. Food and beverage minimums start at $750 for a five-hour window.
    • The Book at The LINQ is home to safely distanced fan cave living rooms, offering the best experience in the city. Theses fan caves allow guests to take control of their experience—complete with an XBOX, virtual reality headsets, a tablet to order food and drinks from and a 98” screen with the ability to watch up to six games simultaneously.

    More Ways to Play

    Caesars Palace:

    Outlets at Caesars Palace are going for the extra point this football season with gameday food and drink packages at: Alto Bar, Montecristo Cigar Bar, Lobby Bar, VISTA Cocktail Lounge and the Race & Sports Book. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has curated a football-centric experience at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill with adjusted hours of operation during football Sundays, so fans don’t miss a minute of the action. Don’t miss Gordon’s Football Menu, which will be available from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. every Sunday beginning Sept.13, and will feature dishes like a grilled pub burger, fish & chips, Maine lobster & shrimp rolls and more.

    Bally’s Las Vegas:

    Burger Brasserie not only knows how to serve the best game day dishes, but it will feature drink specials throughout the season.

    Harrah’s Las Vegas:

    Carnaval Court is adding some outdoor fun and flair while the games are on, complete with drink specials and football swag giveaways. The unique space includes multiple televisions, table gaming, and access to world-class dining options. When customers work up an appetite and need a halftime break, Carnaval Court offers both a small bite menu with beverages or the option to mobile order from eateries such as Fulton Street Food Hall, Oyster Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar during restaurant hours. Fans can also cheer on their favorite teams at Piano Bar, which will feature drink specials and more.

    The LINQ Hotel + Experience:

    In addition to fan caves, The Book, has more options on the “upper deck” as well as drink packages and a bites menu from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar. Celebrity chef, Guy Fieri is a huge Raiders fan so expect to see some themed food and beverage specials at his Vegas Kitchen & Bar restaurant.

    The LINQ Promenade:

    For Las Vegas sports fans unable to cheer on their favorite teams in person this fall, The LINQ Promenade provides visitors with an array of fun alternatives. With a roster of large, spacious restaurants boasting outdoor patios, guests can cheer on their favorite teams while enjoying food and drink specials served on game days. Those offering food and beverage packages and specials include ameriCAN Beer & Cocktails, Favorite Bistro, Off The Strip Bistro + Bar, Flour & Barley - Brick Oven Pizza, Virgil’s Real BBQ, Yard House and Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery.

    All Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts have implemented Caesars Entertainment, Inc.’s (“Caesars”) new health and safety protocols, which enhance its existing plans and practices in these areas. All Caesars properties are focused on the well-being of team members, guests and the community, and continue to work to create an environment with high standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices. Among the enhanced health and safety protocols include more frequent cleaning and sanitization. Caesars has also implemented a health screening program for all employees. Team members and guests are required to wear masks, which the Company makes available, at all Caesars properties.

    National Pasta Month at Carmine's

    October is National Pasta Month, and Carmine’s inside The Forum Shops has a few ways to celebrate.

    From October 17 (National Pasta Day), through October 24, Carmine’s is bringing a guest favorite back to the menu. Capellini Marechiara Pasta Special: green lip mussels, littleneck clams, shrimp, scallops, Italian hot peppers, Carmine's pomodoro tomatoes, roasted garlic, basil, parsley, Carmine's white wine and finished with baby arugula for $54, available for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Serves 4-6

    Want to recreate Carmine’s classic red sauce pasta at home? Their homemade marinara sauce is available for nationwide shipping, with 100% of profits going to Carmine’s Cares Employee Relief Fund. To replicate the authentic Carmine’s experience, the chefs suggest adding freshly grated Romano cheese and basil to the signature sauce. A 3 pack of 32 oz family-size jars is $45

    https://www.carminesnyc.com/news/car...marinara-sauce

    The Buddy V's Famiglia Is Back and Ready to Welcome Back Guests!

    Buddy V’s Ristorante welcomes guests back to the family! After undergoing a renovation this summer, the popular Italian restaurant is now re-open and full of menu updates, new hours, a new Happy Hour and more! New vegetarian options are sure to be hits with all herbivores with the new Roasted Vegetable, Tomato and Basil (rigatoni. mushrooms, cauliflower, broccolini, spinach, zucchini and basil pesto), Porcini Whipped Potatoes and Tuscan Style Broccolini on the menu. If pizza is more your thing, choose from five varieties of pies with perfected artisan-style dough proofed for two days and hand-stretched to order. Nightly specials, including Porchetta, Cioppino and Gnocchi direct from Executive Chef Bryan Forgione, will also delight restaurant-goers. Buddy V’s Ristorante is located in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and is open for dinner Sunday – Thursday from 4-9 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lunch is available noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    Happy Hour is back in the bar and lounge 4-6 p.m. daily at the bar, lounge or indoor “patio.” Guests can get a variety of small bites for $6 including Ricotta Cheese, Grandma’s Meatballs, Prosciutto- Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks, Roma-Style Gnocchi, Hoboken Chicken Wings, Meatballs and Eggplant Parm. Domestic bottled beer, red & white house wine, Prosecco and sangria are also available for $5 each. Locals and tourists can also enjoy a variety of signature cocktails and select wine and beers at opening 2013 prices all day long.

    Buddy V’s focuses on la famiglia with “Kids Eat Free” every Sunday and Monday. Kids 10 and under can enjoy their choice of Spaghetti & Meatballs, Fettucine Alfredo, Spaghetti Bolognese or Chicken Tenders & Fries with purchase of adult entrée. Kids will also receive a souvenir light up cup with their meal. Wine lovers can rejoice with a little vino on Wine Wednesdays with 50 percent off all bottles. Now through the end of the year, Buddy V’s offers a 25 percent discount to all locals with valid Nevada ID, as well as a free cannoli with purchase of an entrée. In addition, essential workers and first responders visiting the restaurant can get 25 percent off the total bill. These discounts aer not valid on Happy Hour or any other discounted menu. Buddy V’s is also now available for delivery through third-party companies Uber Eats, Postmates, Door Dash and GrubHub, as well is pickup at the restaurant.

    The Private Dining Room is also available as a group purchase with seating of up to 50 guests and customized menus available. For additional information on booking the Private Dining Room, as well as booking private parties and general reservations, please call 702-607-2355.

    Buddy V’s Ristorante is located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas at 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. South #2812. Convenient and ample self-parking is available at The Palazzo.

    Happy Hour Returns in Full Force at the Cosmopolitan by Susan Stappleton

    Happy hour, that time of discounted drinks and eats, returns to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at 10 restaurants at the resort. All kicks off today during the pre-dinner hours.

    At Beauty & Essex from Chopped judge Chris Santos, that means buy one, get one cocktails in the lounge area for drinks that cost up to $19 on Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.

    Blue Ribbon from chefs and restaurateurs Eric and Bruce Bromberg features $7 beers and $12 wines by the glass in addition to small bites and select desserts every Friday through Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The Greek restaurant Estiatorio Milos has $11 cocktails, $12 Greek wines by the glass, and $6 beers every Thursday through Sunday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

    More here:
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/8/214...s-cosmopolitan

    Everything to Know About the Restaurants and Bars Opening at Virgin Hotels

    Virgin Hotels opens on January 15, 2021, and the resort continues to remodel the former Hard Rock Hotel on the east side of Las Vegas.

    The Hard Rock Hotel closed in early February to make way for Virgin Hotels, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. Three hotel towers feature more than 1,500 rooms and suites; a 60,000-square-foot Mohegan Sun Casino, operated by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment; a five-acre pool with an event lawn; live music with space for 4,500; a showroom for 650; and 12 food and beverage venues.

    Dining options include the return of Todd English’s Olives, Kris Yenbamroong’s Los Angeles Thai gem Night + Market, the legendary sushi restaurant Nobu, Michael and David Morton’s MB Steak, Kassi Beach Club from restauranteur Nick Mathers, Casa Calavera by Hakkasan Group, as well as the sports entertainment, daylife, and nightlife venue Money, Baby! from Clive Collective. Other outlets include Afters Ice Cream, Pizza Forte by the Ferraro family, and Virgin Hotels restaurants and bars including The Kitchen at Commons Club, The Bar at Commons Club, The Shag Room at Commons Club, and Funny Library Coffee Shop.

    Follow along to keep track of all the restaurants and bars at Virgin Hotels through the articles linked below.

    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/8/214...-virgin-hotels

    First Look Inside the New Vintage Steakhouse from Chef Barry Dakake Opening in October by Susan Stappleton

    A new steakhouse with a familiar face in the kitchen opens in October when Circa debuts. Chef Barry Dakake, formerly at Scotch 80 Prime and N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms, returns, this time with Barry’s Downtown Prime, opening October 28.

    Dakake teams up with Yassine Lyoubi, Marco Cicione, and Donnie Rihn for this steakhouse filled with vintage glamour, classy cocktails, and more private dining rooms than one can imagine.

    The restaurant takes over the bottom floor of the resort for a secluded experience with a throwback vibe diners can feel the minute the walk in the door. Diners look for an underground elevator entrance found under the restored Vegas Vickie neon sign in Circa’s lobby.

    More here:
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/9/214...pening-october

    Greek Restaurant Estiatorio Milos to Make a Huge Move to the Venetian by Bradley Martin

    Working over the summer under the cover name of Project Blue, 10-year Strip veteran Estiatorio Milos at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is taking its Mediterranean-inspired seafood menu to the Venetian’s restaurant row.

    Yet to be confirmed or announced by either venue, new paperwork reveals construction work has been ongoing since August, bolstered by a $10 million budget in estimated construction costs alone.

    Filling 13,624 square feet on the site of shuttered seafood restaurant Aquaknox, the footprint is roomy enough for a maximum occupancy of 434 inside.

    Launched in Las Vegas on December 15, 2010, the opening day of the Cosmopolitan resort, the airy, light-toned tribute to globally sourced seafood continues to feature a main dining space, private wine and luxury rooms, plus the bonus of an enviable, 75-seat Garden Terrace overlooking the Strip. Imagined to appeal to a equally well-heeled clientele, the Venetian space offers no outdoor views.

    More here;
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/14/21...ening-venetian

    Meet the New Secret Menu Fried Chicken Restaurant in Summerlin and Henderson

    A new restaurant within a restaurant brings Southern fried chicken on a secret menu to two locations in the Las Vegas area. Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que opened the Chicken Shack, a restaurant within a restaurant, focusing on buttermilk fried and smoked chicken specialties, sides, and a special dessert.

    The only way to discover the secret menu is through a QR code that diners scan on their smartphone.

    The menu features a riff on Nashville hot chicken, as well as a crispy hot-honey chicken sandwich, and a ’Bama chicken sandwich with house-made Alabama white barbecue sauce.

    More here:
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/17/21...rant-las-vegas

    Meet 13 of the Best Barbecue Restaurants in Las Vegas by Susan Stappleton

    Meet some of the pitmasters of Las Vegas. All cook their meats low and slow over woods. Some use a rub, others a sauce. Some even feature many different varieties of the barbecue. Brisket, baby back ribs, spare ribs, chicken, and pulled pork are among the dishes, all smoked up right here in Las Vegas. And don't forget those tasty side dishes. Here, a look at 13 of the finer barbecue restaurants in Las Vegas.

    https://vegas.eater.com/maps/best-ba...ants-las-vegas

    Water Street’s Rainbow Club Reopens With a New Burger Restaurant From a Former Strip Chef


    Water Street in Henderson keeps the new restaurants coming with the return of the Rainbow Club & Casino and a revamped restaurant with a chef who formerly worked with Emeril Lagasse on the Las Vegas Strip.

    Former Lagasse’s Stadium chef Scott Pajak debuts his newest restaurant, Triple B — Brooks Brothers Burgers. Last December, brothers Michael and Timothy Brooks, who also own Water Street’s Emerald Island Casino, bought the Rainbow Club from Peppermill Resorts Inc. and renovated the space during the coronavirus pandemic. The casino and restaurant reopened on Thursday.

    Pajak retooled the menu with a roster of burgers and sandwiches such as a fried shrimp po’boy, buttermilk fried chicken sub, HenderTurkey burger, and a Creole burger with chili gouda, carmelized onions, and andouille sausage. A foot-long hot dog and a breakfast burger served on a Belgium waffle round out the choices.

    The 10-ounce burgers come with a butter-toasted brioche bun. All of the burgers use hand-pressed Angus beef that aren’t frozen, and come with French fries or tater tots, coleslaw, and a kosher dill pickle.

    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/18/21...s-burgers-open

    To Be Frank Serves Up Specialty Hot Dogs and Sausages in Downtown Las Vegas Ghost Kitchen Starting October 2



    To Be Frank, a new ghost kitchen serving specialty hot dogs and sausages, opens Friday, Oct. 2 for delivery, takeout and catering. They will be open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight at the popular downtown eatery Every Grain, located at 1430 E. Charleston Blvd.

    "Deciding to set up shop at Every Grain was a no brainer," says Robin Camacho, CEO of Sound Food Group (SFG), the hospitality group that owns and operates To Be Frank. "Sheridan Su and Jenny are good friends who have created a very successful lunch business, but after they close at 2:30 p.m., the restaurant is vacant, so why not turn it into another concept. We believe it will be a win-win situation for all of us."

    Inspired by a lyric from hip hop duo Run the Jewels and rapper 2-Chainz's song "Out of Sight," the name To Be Frank seemed perfect. "It's fun but blunt," says Jordan Camacho, culinary director of SFG. "It represents our menu which features out-of-the-box flavor profiles but also some more straightforward and recognizable ones."

    To Be Frank's menu offers an array of carefully crafted dogs and sausages topped with artisan ingredients served on fresh, locally-baked buns. Quality meats are used in all of the menu items, with hot dogs sourced from third generation family company Nueske's and Isaan sausages all the way from Thailand.

    Notable items include:
    • "Thai Dog" - Isaan Thai sausage with green papaya slaw, kewpie mayo, red onion, crunchy peanut
    • "Banh Mi" - Pork pate, seasoned mayo, pickled carrots and radish, cilantro
    • "Kimchi Dog" - Glazed dog, creamy gochujang, white kimchi, scallion relish, and goldenaise
    Guests can add bacon lardons to any dog and choose from a variety of sides including coleslaw, German

    potato salad, chili and Tim's Chips. To top off their already delectable meal, diners can choose from a handful of desserts including banana pudding and a sugar cookie with raspberry curd dip.

    "Quality is very important to us," says Jordan Camacho. "Our executive chef Trevor Garrett shops for fresh ingredients every other day and our buns are made fresh by a local baker. We believe it's important to support our local purveyors whenever possible, especially during these times."
    In accordance with COVID-19 CDC and state guidelines, all guests and staff are required to properly social distance and wear face coverings. Indoor dining is not available so To Be Frank is offering contactless pickup and delivery directly through the restaurant as well as through Uber Eats, GrubHub and Postmates. For more information, to view the full menu and to order, please visit tobefranklv.com.

    The specialty hot dog ghost kitchen is the first of its kind in Las Vegas and the first in a diverse portfolio of food and beverage concepts by SFG, a Las Vegas family-run hospitality group.

    Emeril Lagasse Lays Off 136 Employees at His Restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip

    Emeril Lagasse’s two remaining restaurants in Las Vegas plan to lay off 136 employees by September 30. The chef behind Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian and Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand informed the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation through the WARN Act that “further advance notice of these layoffs was not possible due to the fluid and rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting government orders and economic impacts.”

    The restaurants, in two letters to the state written by the company’s chief legal officer George J. Ditta II, say, “As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, its sudden nature, its unforeseen duration/severity, and the government’s evolving restrictions to combat COVID-19, including shelter and closure orders, the company had to close Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House in March 2020 and place its management and staff on ‘temporary unpaid leave due to COVID-19.’”

    The company says it continued to provide benefits, including health insurance, to all benefit-eligible employees on temporary unpaid leave due to COVID-19, and plans to continue those benefits through the end of the month.

    More here:
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/9/21/21...ico-steakhouse

    20 Restaurants to Try in Downtown’s Fremont East by Susan Stappleton

    No other area of Las Vegas has seen as much growth as Fremont East, the entertainment district east of Las Vegas Boulevard that now hosts almost two dozen restaurants. In 2012, only Le Thai brought diners outside the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience. Since then, another 20-plus restaurants opened, bringing everything from sushi and barbecue to vegan and Cajun fare. Even a tribute to daredevil Evel Knievel, a vegetarian restaurant visited by Bill Clinton, and a celebrity favorite taco joint make the list. Here's a look at 20 places to dine in the Fremont East section of Downtown Las Vegas.

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    ‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro Reopens His Italian Restaurant as He Recovers From a Dangerous Hand Injury

    Cake Boss Buddy Valastro reopens his Italian restaurant at the Palazzo after a renovation that started on June 22.

    The chef is recovering from an accident in his family’s New Jersey home on Sunday that injured his right hand. Valastro, who shared a photo of himself in the hospital with his in
    metal rod repeatedly impaled his hand three times between his ring finger and middle finger.”

    In Las Vegas, the revamped Buddy V’s Ristorante offers menu updates, new hours, and a new happy hour.

    Valastro unveiled new vegetarian options such as roasted vegetable, tomato, and basil with rigatoni; porcini whipped potatoes; and Tuscan-style broccolini. Nightly specials from executive chef Bryan Forgione include porchetta, cioppino, and renditions of gnocchi.

    Happy hour returns to the bar and lounge, as well as the indoor patio from 4 to 6 p.m. daily with $6 ricotta cheese, Grandma’s meatballs, prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella sticks, Roma-style gnocchi, Hoboken chicken wings, meatballs, and eggplant parm. Domestic bottled beer, red and white house wine, Prosecco, and sangria are also available for $5 each.

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    15 of the Best Mexican Restaurants in Las Vegas bySusan Stappleton

    Mexican cuisine is one of those types of food everyone seems to have an opinion on. People tend to argue over which place has the best street tacos or enchiladas, which place makes the homemade tortillas, or even which place tastes the best. Fortunately, Las Vegas has a range of good burritos and tacos, as well as mulas, tlacoyos, and pelonas. These 15 spots feature a variety of Mexican restaurants, and while yes, some are more traditional than others, all satisfy that need for South of the Border fare.

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    A New Steakhouse Opens at the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas

    Landry’s own Saltgrass Steak House restaurant opens at Downtown’s Golden Nugget tonight at 4 p.m. The 6,180-square-foot addition to the chain’s more than 80 locations serves chicken, seafood, char-grilled beef, and 10-hour slow roasted prime rib. The restaurant expanded to the Golden Nugget Laughlin back in 2010.

    Saltgrass partially debuted back in June with only the lounge area open. Now diners can see the entire restaurant

    The menu features certified Angus beef, char-grilled on an open flame, seasoned with Saltgrass 7-steak spice, and topped with garlic butter. Highlighted dishes include barbecue baby back ribs, country fried steak, and chicken Laredo with marinated chicken breast topped with pepper jack cheese, avocado, grilled onions, tomatoes, and poblano peppers.

    More here:
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    12 New Restaurants to Try in Las Vegas Right Now — October 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic put many restaurant openings on the Strip on hold while off-Strip, the new smaller restaurants keep popping up. While some of these restaurants are open for dine-in service, others placed a greater emphasis on patios and outdoor seating options, as well as takeout and delivery. Here, Eater Vegas spotlights some of the standout newcomers to check out this month.

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